Monday, June 30, 2008

Retirement of a revolutionary

Bill Gates - A Revolutionary

Born on Oct 28, 1955 at Seattle, Washington, William Henry Gates III was planned to pursue law career initially. At thirteen he enrolled in the Lakeside School, and he encountered block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students.Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.

Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students—Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans—for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform. In reality, Gates and Allen did not have an Altair and had not written code for it. MITS president Ed Roberts agreed to meet them for a demo, and over the course of a few weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and then the BASIC interpreter. The demonstration, held at MITS's offices in Albuquerque, was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to distribute the interpreter as Altair BASIC. They named their partnership "Micro-soft" and had their first office located in Albuquerque. Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered.

In 1980 IBM approached Microsoft to make the BASIC interpreter for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC. When IBM's representatives mentioned that they needed an operating system, Gates referred them for using 86-DOS (QDOS), an operating system that Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products had made for hardware similar to the PC. Microsoft made a deal with SCP to become the exclusive licensing agent, and later the full owner, of 86-DOS. After adapting the operating system for the PC, Microsoft delivered it to IBM as PC-DOS in exchange for a one-time fee of $80,000.

Windows - A window to new world

Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2. Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991 announcing that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts to the Windows NT kernel development.
From the Developement of Windows 95 to Vista, Microsoft offered various lucaritive features to the computer users, world over.

Bill Gate's LogOUT from Microsoft
Bill Gates said a teary goodbye on Friday, June 27, 2008, to Microsoft Corp the software maker he built into the world's most valuable technology company based on the ambitious goal of placing a computer on every desk and in every home.

Once the world's richest man, Gates' personal fortune has been estimated at about $58 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. He left the job of full time executive, However Gates, 52, remains chairman of the Microsoft board of directors and the company's largest shareholder. At an event at Microsoft's headquarters campus here, Gates, who will become a non-executive chairman and work part-time, joined Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on stage to deliver a short speech and field questions from employees.

Gate's job as chief software architect is being handled by Ray Ozzie. Craig Mundie inherited Gate's chief research and strategy officer duties, while former Harvard University classmate Steve Ballmer is chief executive officer at the software colossus based in Redmond, Washington.

Gates will leave behind a life's work developing software to devote energy to finding new vaccines or to microfinance projects in the developing world. He will still work on special technology projects at the company.

Challenges in front of Microsoft

Gates left the Microsoft to wrestle with a fast-changing computer era and growing challenges from Internet juggernaut Google and longtime rival Apple, which makes Macintosh computers.

While Windows is still used on 90 percent of the world's computers, Macintosh computers have grown to more than five percent of the market. Various Open Source Project are also armed with new weapons to fight against the Licensing Software policy of Microsoft.

Microsoft began selling Zune brand MP3 players in September of 2006 to compete with Apple's market-dominating iPods, but the devices haven't been a hit with customers.
Microsoft failed in a recent bid to buy Yahoo for nearly 50 billion dollars in order to combine
online resources to better battle Google in the booming Internet search and advertising. Microsoft's server and tools division is its most profitable unit. Its entertainment unit, which sells Xbox video game consoles and gaming software, has yet to make a profit.

Bill Gates - on the new way

Helping solve some of the world's health issues will now occupy Bill Gates's working hours. Two years ago Gates announced that he was leaving the software world to devote his time to the philanthropic organization named Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he started with his wife in 2000. The group's work involves funding malaria and HIV research, among other causes.

On the behalf of Technotronical Matrix Team, I want to wish a great inning of Success to Bill Gates and his work for the noble cause.


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